Bishop of Manchester invites Jesus Christ Superstar ‘back to church’
The Bishop of Manchester has invited the actor who will play Jesus, in the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, to a special welcome at Manchester Cathedral. On 30th September 2012 the hit show rolls into Manchester - the same day as national Back to Church Sunday.
The Bishop said: "Back to Church Sunday is all about the church offering a welcome to today's culture and that is what we hope to do - both at church and in the MEN Arena, for what should be a fantastic performance of the musical. Having Jesus, the disciples and Mary Magdalene arriving in Manchester on that day was too good an opportunity to miss. They are all welcome - even Herod, Judas and Pilate."
The Bishop has written to the producers of the show, offering to give cast and crew members a personal welcome at Manchester Cathedral. The cathedral is used to welcoming rock stars and has recently hosted concerts by Elbow and Noah and the Whale.
Back to Church Sunday is supported by thousands of churches across the UK as an opportunity to invite people to come back to church. Back to Church Sunday was born and bred as a big Manchester idea in 2004; since then it has spread nationally - almost a quarter of a million people (230,000) have come back to try church again, and the idea has gone global.
In the arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar Jesus will be played by viewers' winner Ben Forster, Judas will be played by the satirical and vocal atheist Tim Minchin, Herod by Radio One DJ Chris Moyles and Mary Magdalene by former Spice Girl Mel C.